New colourful mural appears on Glasgow wholesaler in the east end

The new mural has been painted on the mall
The new mural has been painted on the mall -Credit:Greencity Wholefoods

A new bright and colourful mural has appeared on the building of Glasgow wholesaler in the city's south side.

Worker-owned business Greencity Wholefoods wanted to create a piece which reflected the vibrant and eclectic mix of people working within the business, along with their love of nature and their cooperative values.

They began searching for artists and chose Glasgow based Cobolt Collective to take on the project. Erin Bradley-Scott, Chelsea Frew and Kat Loudon joined forces with a vision to instil positive change.

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Cobolt’s collective painting power is responsible for a great many other fabulous murals around Glasgow.

The colourful piece took inspiration from a poem by local writer Sorley Mackay, written in Scots and commissioned especially for the project by the artists, while the artwork features a plethora of symbology to represent the collective ethos, essence, feelings and characteristics of the Greencity Wholefoods team and business.

Erin Bradley-Scott said: “COBOLT are consistently searching for ways in which we can use our skills as artists to contribute to positive change within society.

"With Greencity being a workers' cooperative championing progressive values around fairness, equality, and social justice, we imagined this to be a dream project to work on - and we were right.

"It was an absolute pleasure getting to know some of the dedicated team members of Greencity, who kindly shared stories and memorabilia from the company’s impressive grassroots history, and of their personal experiences working there.

"Their stories provided a wealth of inspiration which we captured through the use of bespoke poetry (written by Sorley Mackay), playful illustrations, simple geometric shapes, and a contrasting colour pallet.

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"The result is an authentic portrayal of Greencity’s bold, progressive, and impactful presence in the food industry. From COBOLT to Greencity, more power tae ye.”

Heather McDougall, Artworker and Buyer for Greencity Wholefoods, added: “With more than 50 members to please, Cobolt Collective had a tough brief on their hands, but they’ve managed to create a fantastic mural that brings together all of the things that make Greencity such a unique workplace.

"The mural we created together represents not just our diversity and creativity as a workers coop, but also the beauty of collaborative efforts.

"It's presence in our wee corner of Dennistoun is a daily reminder of the importance of working together towards a common goal."